GENERAL LEGAL PRINCIPLES; CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT/ INTERPRETATION – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
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1404.03000 – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
Where the union alleged that the employer unilaterally changed procedures for filling regular full-time assignments, the Board agent appropriately harmonized provisions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) regarding the application of seniority and the employer’s authority to determine the number of employees in any status. When interpreting a CBA, including in unilateral change cases, the Board applies traditional rules of contract law. Each contract provision must be read in conjunction with those around it and harmonized as a whole, so as to not leave any of the terms without meaning.